Antique Chesterfield Leather Sofas



2015-06-26 11:15:37

An Antique Chesterfield Leather Sofa is a deep-buttoned leather sofa with arms that are typically the same height as the back of the couch.

Brief history and description

The origins of the meaning behind the name of the "chesterfield" sofa remains highly debated to this day, however, some pinpoint it to a man named Philip Stanhope (the fourth Earl of Chesterfield) who had apparently invented the chesterfield sofa during his life time (circa early 1700s).

In recent years, chesterfield sofas have been manufactured featuring full flame retarded leather as well as foam fillings.

Guide for collectors

Chesterfield sofas are typically hand-made, thus collectors consider each and every Chesterfield sofa to be a rarity in its own. However, two-piece or three-piece antique chesterfield leather sofas that come as a matching set are considered to be rare, but not necessarily the most valuable.

Restoration of an antique chesterfield leather sofa is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique chesterfield leather sofa may decrease its value.

For more information regarding antique chesterfield leather sofas, visit Distinctive Chesterfields or The Chesterfield Shop.


Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold an English-style leather chesterfield sofa with rolled backs and arms for $2,800 in February of 2010.

Great Gatsby's Antiques and Auctions in Atlanta Georgia sold a fine olive green button tufted leather fhesterfield-style sofa for $1,100 in April of 2011, another fine olive green button tufted leather chesterfield sofa for $1,400 in December of 2011, and a fine burgandy button tufted leather chesterfield-style sofa, for $400 in April of 2011.

Uniques & Antiques, Inc. in Aston, Pennsylvania sold a slate blue Hancock and Moore leather chesterfield sofa with wooden feet for $1,000 in March of 2012.

Bill Hood & Sons Art & Antique Auctions in Delray Beach, Florida sold a tan leather chesterfield sofa for $500 in October of 2007.

Sloans & Kenyon in Chevy Chase, Maryland sold a hand-antiqued ox-blood leather chesterfield sofa (circa 20th century) with a nailed brass trim on compressed ball feet for $1,200 in April of 2007.

Gallery Auctions in Houston, Texas sold a three-seated leather chesterfield sofa (circa 20th century) along with a pair of two club chairs, all of which are on rolling castors and upholstered in a brown finish shaded leather for $800 in March of 2012.

Wooden Nickel Antiques in Cincinnati, Ohio sold two dark brown leather chesterfield sofas for $650 in May of 2007.

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